North East Young people take up 24,000 placements and work experience opportunities

Some 24,000 young people in the North East have been helped by Jobcentre Plus schemes since January 2011, figures show

A Jobcentre Plus sign
A Jobcentre Plus sign

More than 24,000 young people across the North East have taken part in employer-led placements or work experience through the Jobcentre Plus since 2011, figures reveal.

The placements, which see young people getting tailored support for the local labour market, launched in January 2011.

And a survey showed that more than 80% of young people felt their job prospects had improved as a result of taking part in one of the schemes and that they were more attractive to potential employers.

Sector-based work academies offer people a package of pre-employment training, work experience placements and a guaranteed job interview in specific industries such as hospitality.

Support is also available for young people who want to become their own boss, and local employers are helping to fill the skills gap through job academies, apprenticeships as well as supporting young people with work experience.

Nationally, some 263,080 young people across the UK have taken up opportunities through employer-led sector-based work academies, or work experience placements.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “Our young people are some of the best and most talented in the world – they are driven, entrepreneurial and innovative.

“Young people tell me they need work experience to get a job, but they need a job to get work experience, which is why our advisers in Jobcentre Plus work closely with local businesses to provide tailored training opportunities for young jobseekers across the UK.

“Already, more than 260,000 young people have taken up the support we offer, and I’d encourage every young person considering their future to think about what sort of work experience or training we can help with to lead to the career they want.”

The number of young people out of work in the UK fell by 141,000 to May 2014, compared to the same month in 2013.

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